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The Road Just Keeps Getting Bumpier

In life there are always ups and downs. Sometimes simply being positive and choosing to look at the brighter side allows us to change our downs into ups but some of the time that just is not possible. The Monkey┬áis most definitely in an upswing and I think a lot of that has to do …

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My apology to the mother in Walmart and things I wished my 20-something-year-old, ignorant self had known about autism

There is a woman who has a profound effect on my life and I doubt she’ll ever know it. In fact, I owe this woman an apology. Back when my husband (then boyfriend or maybe fiance) and I were living in Toronto and childless (10 years ago or so) we used to shop at our …

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To Medicate Or Not – The Monkey

To medicate or not to medicate: that is the question. But who has the right answer? For us, the decision to medicate did not come lightly. We had been thinking about the possibility for almost a year before deciding to take the plunge. The mood swings, the anxiety, the self-injurious behaviours, which were becoming more …

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To Medicate or Not

Deciding to medicate your child with ASD is not an easy decision to make. For us, MJ has been on medication since she was two weeks of age, but it has been for reflux related symptoms. Over the last 5 years we’ve had several different GI-related meds for her and have tried multiple times to …

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Baking Can Soothe The Soul

As we face our third or maybe fourth snow storm in about 10 days, and second ‘blizzard’ warning anxiety was in high gear in our house. MJ doesn’t like storms of any kind, especially not after Hurricane Arthur crashed her birthday party last summer. Her anxiety takes over and she worries about everything from power …

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The Evils Which Lurk On Facebook

Today my news feed has been filled with horribleness. Not only do Rebecca and I run a blog and Facebook page but we also follow many of the lovely, informative, and heartfelt pages on Facebook which are primarily centered on Autism. It is like being part of a little community. No one knows each other …

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